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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-583-NAT

   
   

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April 28, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending April 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 429,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 408,500, an increase of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average of 399,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending April 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 16 was 3,641,000, a decrease of 68,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,709,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,697,750, a decrease of 22,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,720,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 385,622 in the week ending April 23, an increase of 3,569 from the previous week. There were 429,196 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending April 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,765,074, a decrease of 128,881 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.7 percent and the volume was 4,796,318.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending April 9 was 8,187,232, a decrease of 112,578 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending April 9.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,742 in the week ending April 16, a decrease of 405 from the prior week. There were 2,310 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 197 from the preceding week.

There were 34,547 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending April 9, an increase of 497 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 46,009, an increase of 8,308 from the prior week.

States reported 3,448,260 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending April 9, a decrease of 78,833 from the prior week. There were 5,197,739 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending April 9 were in Alaska (5.9 percent), Puerto Rico (4.9), Oregon (4.5), Wisconsin (4.4), Pennsylvania (4.4), California (4.2), Montana (4.1), Idaho (4.1), New Jersey (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), and Illinois (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 16 were in Florida (+2,753), Puerto Rico (+1,121), New Mexico (+680), New Jersey (+490), and Colorado (+481), while the largest decreases were in California (-18,017), North Carolina (-5,871), Pennsylvania (-4,925), Kentucky
(-4,267), and Texas (-3,882).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance April 23

April 16

Change

April 9

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

429,000

404,000

+25,000

416,000

457,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

385,622

382,053

+3,569

448,029

429,196

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

408,500

399,250

+9,250

396,750

468,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance April 16

April 9

Change

April 2

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,641,000

3,709,000

-68,000

3,703,000

4,675,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,765,074

3,893,955

-128,881

3,943,591

4,796,318

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,697,750

3,720,500

-22,750

3,734,500

4,675,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9%

3.0%

-0.1

2.9%

3.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0%

3.1%

-0.1

3.1%

3.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 16

April 9

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,742

2,147

-405

1,234

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,310

2,507

-197

2,485


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

April 9

April 2

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,880,285

3,930,215

-49,930

4,908,983

Federal Employees (UCFE)

34,547

34,050

+497

20,360

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

46,009

37,701

+8,308

37,144

EUC 20083

3,448,260

3,527,093

-78,833

5,197,739

Extended Benefits4

716,314

713,881

+2,433

246,663

State Additional Benefits 5

6,406

6,656

-250

9,739

STC / Workshare 6

55,411

50,214

+5,197

89,081

TOTAL

8,187,232

8,299,810

-112,578

10,509,709


FOOTNOTES
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data, NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 125,572,661 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

 

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 04/16/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-18,017

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

NC

-5,871

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, and warehousing industries.

PA

-4,925

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

KY

-4,267

 

No comment.

TX

-3,882

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, finance, and manufacturing industries.

MI

-3,412

 

No comment.

WA

-2,692

 

No comment.

OH

-2,636

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.

MD

-2,420

 

No comment.

NY

-2,173

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

GA

-2,060

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

IL

-2,039

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

WI

-1,911

 

No comment.

AZ

-1,435

 

No comment.

SC

-1,366

 

Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery industry.

OR

-1,349

 

No comment.

IN

-1,242

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

VA

-1,040

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PR

+1,121

 

No comment.

FL

+2,753

 

The start of a new quarter of wage credits for benefit purposes, as well as layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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